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ELCA Global Links – January 2018

New bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Please keep the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) in your prayers as it  installs the Rev. Sani Ibrahim Azar as the ELCJHL’s fourth bishop. The Rev. Munib Younan concludes his 20-year service as bishop and becomes bishop …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 20, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER ‘Give It Twice’ Trust A very popular option for a parent with children is called the “Give It Twice” trust. This is a trust funded when the surviving parent passes away. Read More SAVVY LIVING Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 13, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Trusts for Creative Spenders Trusts can be quite useful for protecting children. However, for some children, the trust serves an additional function: It protects the principal from being rapidly spent by a child. Read More SAVVY LIVING Help With Home-Care Bills Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care …

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Gift Legacy E-Newsletter – December 23, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Income for Surviving Spouse Elliot and Alexis were concerned about planning for the future. They had built a substantial estate of $1,200,000. When Elliot was 70, he rolled over his $400,000 qualified retirement plan into an IRA. Read More   SAVVY LIVING How to Divvy Up Your Family Belongings Peacefully and Sensibly What is …

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Pre-Retirement Seminar

If you’re over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, Portico Benefits pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. The seminar answers the important questions you may have about retirement, including: • How much money will I need when I …

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New Medical Cards Coming Soon

In this busy season, we’d like to remind ELCA Primary Healthcare participants to watch your mail for your 2018 Portico Health ID card. New cards will be mailed this month. Look for an envelope with the BlueLink logo in the corner. If you have family members with ELCA-Primary health benefits, you will receive a new …

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See Your Design on the Gathering T-Shirt!

Gathering t-shirt design contest Calling all youth and young adult artists, designers, doodlers, and creatives to submit an original design for the official 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering participant t-shirt! The Gathering t-shirt is worn by all participants on their assigned service learning program day and one of the most visible identifiers of the Gathering.

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Currents Journal is now free!

An invitation to Currents journal Preaching helps? Essays? Book reviews? All for free? Yes, it’s true. Take a moment to check out Currents in Theology and Mission, the quarterly online journal with articles by some of the ELCA’s finest theologians and leaders. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Wartburg Theological Seminary work together to publish this …

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Living Lutheran Stories – December 5, 2017

Star Wars and the countercultural practice of Advent Well, it’s almost here. The signs of it are everywhere: It’s in the stores; it’s on TV; it’s online. This is a time of anticipation and waiting and hope. Countless people can’t wait until … continue With the lighting of one candle, it begins Editor’s note: This is the …

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Share the Good Moos!

Just one dairy cow can produce as many as 3 gallons of milk each day. Extra milk can be used to make cheese, butter and other dairy products for a family in need to eat and sell for a steady source of income. Give online and use our cards to let people know about the gifts you’ve …

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Advent Study Series: Beginning at the End

Advent Study Series: Beginning at the End  Advent is a season of hope and expectation. It is a season in which we “prepare the way of the Lord” (Mark 1:3). Advent candles, wreaths and calendars are joined with as-yet unfinished nativity scenes to mark our preparations for the birth of Jesus Christ. This year, ELCA …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – December 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of December. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA …

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GiftLegacy E-Newsletter – November 9, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Living Trust – Life and Death Decisions In discussing your living trust with your attorney, there are several very important decisions for you to consider. Some of your decisions affect the management of property during life, and others will determine how your successor trustee manages your… Read More SAVVY LIVING Financial Help for Grandparents …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter November 25, 2017

Greetings! We are pleased to share with you the latest news from Washington, Savvy Living, Personal Planning, gift stories, finance news, and timely articles. We provide this eNewsletter and website to your friends. Please contact us if we can run a proposal or be of assistance to you. Annette Shoemaker Director, ELCA Foundation PERSONAL PLANNER …

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ELCA Good Gifts

Give online and use our cards to let people know about the gifts you’ve given in their honor. You can have them mailed, printed at home or delivered via email. ELCA Good Gifts are a fantastic way to honor friends and loved ones with unique, meaningful Christmas gifts that will make a difference in the …

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Living Lutheran Stories – November 14, 2017

Perspective: 5 reasons to ditch that church newsletter It’s on your calendar if you’re a church worker or a ministry chair, staring you down weeks ahead of schedule: “Write newsletter article.” Newsletters have long been the vehicle of … continue   A month of gratitude Many have written about the ways in which social media can …

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ELCA Advocacy Action Alert

Improving access to healthcare is one of the advocacy priorities of our Church. Lutheran ministries both here at home and abroad continue to provide health services—including child and maternal health, to those in need of it. Through its various programmatic interventions, the U.S. government has been instrumental in improving mother and child survival rates around …

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Seeds Monthly – November 2017

Living Lutheran: ‘A ministry of presence’ There are more than 160 ELCA pastors who, through the church’s federal chaplaincy ministries, provide pastoral care in the U.S. military, Veterans Affairs medical centers and correctional institutions. While these are places many Americans will never experience and some might be dangerous or isolating, ELCA chaplains are present there, providing …

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Gift Legacy E-Newsletter – November 18, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Living Trusts Versus Wills Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was diagnosed with cancer in January 1994. She signed a will in the New York offices of a large law firm on March 22, 1994. Read More SAVVY LIVING Assistance Dogs Provide Help and Love What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? …

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ELCA Global Links – November 2017

‘Castillo Fuerte es Nuestro Dios’ Written by Martin Luther, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is one of the best known and most beloved hymns among Lutherans around the world. Listen to a beautiful rendition, performed by students of our companion church, the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina and Uruguay.   March 2018 trip to Malaysia …

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Christmas Invitational Resources

  Dear Friends in Christ, Advent and Christmas are right around the corner and can be a very busy time in the life of this church. To support your communication needs, we have prepared a number of invitational tools created specifically for congregations. Many people will look for a place to worship this Christmas. Extend a welcoming …

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Worship at the Center

This coming January/February, you have the opportunity to attend “Worship at the Center: Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter.” During these days, we will worship using the services for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter, and join in reflection, study, and discussion of the cross and empty tomb, baptism and …

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ELCA Stewardnet – Fall 2017

Dear friend in Christ, I’m puzzled and disappointed that in the midst of so much hurt in our world, the self-improvement industry continues to grow while more people are concluding that the church isn’t relevant to their lives. Did you know that in the United States our suicide rate is at a 30-year high (45,000 …

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Lutheran Men in Mission October Newsletter

The newest Foundations Newsletter is now online  Link To Newsletter Recapture the excitement of the Bold Gathering, learn what participants heard and experienced The cover story is written by Vic Williams entitled, The Beauty of Being Bold. The 2017 Gathering: Many paths to God’s grace. We are very appreciative of Vic sharing his editing skills with us …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter November 11, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Ten Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan You have completed a will and perhaps a revocable living trust. Your durable power of attorney for healthcare and a living will are accompanied by a HIPAA release. Read More   SAVVY LIVING Social Security Options for Divorced Spouses As a divorced woman, am I entitled to …

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ELCA Disability Ministries – Fall 2017

Greetings! Hi, and thanks for your interest in and support of ELCA Disability Ministries! I’m Chris Ludwig, editor of the Disability Ministries Newsletter and member of the Disability Ministries Program Advisory Table (abbreviated as Advisory Table). This edition of the newsletter is focused on demonstrating how Disability Ministries along with young adult leaders like Emily …

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Advocacy Update – November 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of November. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA …

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Living in a broken world – Presiding Bishop Eaton

Living in a broken world. We hear about natural disasters and shootings, and we try to make sense out of the incomprehensible. In her November column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton says the joy found in Jesus allows us to live in hope and believe in life amid despair and death. Read her column in English at http://bit.ly/2inJWaA or in Spanish at http://bit.ly/2h7w1ZA.

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 31, 2017

Watch the Reformation Sunday Worship service In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is sponsoring the Reformation Sunday Worship … continue     Bishop Eaton to preach at Notre Dame Reformation service In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a service …

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LL Stories – October 24, 2017

Liberated by grace, encouraged by sisterhood The bells of All Saints’ Church—known as Castle Church—in Wittenberg, Germany, ring out as dozens of churchgoers file into its neo-Gothic sanctuary. Reformation pilgrims from across the globe … continue What Hurricane Maria gave to us This reflection was originally shared on the ELCA Racial Justice blog.  The title of …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 17, 2017

Daughter of the Reformation Mary Helene Rasmussen Jackson has been researching and writing about Katharina von Bora’s life for more than 30 years. A four-part monologue about von Bora that Jackson continuously developed and … continue   30 more ways the Reformation still impacts ELCA leaders Although we concluded Living Lutheran’s Reformation 500 series—exploring 500 unique …

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ELCA Global Links – October 2017

‘Liberated by grace, encouraged by sisterhood’ As part of the ELCA International Women Leaders initiative, 22 women from nine nations came together this July in Wittenberg, Germany, to study and reflect on women in the Reformation. Read about their experience learning from the past and each other in October’s edition of Living Lutheran.   ‘Ni ubuntu…it is …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 10, 2017

Perspective: On prayers for Las Vegas—and for the U.S. Our neighbors’ blood cries to us from the ground once again. The recurring nightmare is all too familiar: a man filled with hatred perpetrates a mass shooting. Like Columbine, Virginia Tech, … continue   One paws-itively holy hound ELCA pastor Denise Gundersen was at a church meeting …

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Living Lutheran Stories October 3, 2017

  Reformation 500: 50 ways the Reformation still impacts pastors As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Living Lutheran is exploring 500 of its unique aspects, concluding the series this month with 50 ways the Reformation still … continue           Matthew lectionary series: Crumbs from the table In part three, we noted three of the five women listed in …

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Advocacy Update – October 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of October. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA Advocacy, …

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Portico 2017 Live Well Challenge Deadline November 30

Earn up to $400 wellness dollars for ELCA-Primary members and spouses Register & Complete Your Health Assessment by November 30 (new extended deadline): Earn $100 Each Save or Implement a Retirement Plan With Your Spouse by November 30: Earn $200 Each Report Your Healthy Change by November 30: Earn $100 each For more information go to MyPortico …

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Oct. 32 and beyond

Oct. 32 and beyond. With the 500th anniversary, it’s been “All Reformation All the Time.” But Reformation Day is over—now what? In her October column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that in Christ we are set free for loving and serving others—so let us now live in that freedom. Read her column in English at http://bit.ly/2fILKdh or in Spanish at http://bit.ly/2xPgofU.

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ELCA resources for responding to violence

“Las Vegas. There are no words. Just prayers, lament…and the witness of love and life in Jesus Christ. Lord have mercy,” tweeted ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton the morning of Oct. 2, when the world learned of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. As we reflect on how to respond, the ELCA has a range of …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 26, 2017

ELCA staff, partners report Maria devastation Less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma rocked the Caribbean islands and the U.S. Atlantic Coast, Hurricane Maria tore through a similar path over the last two days. Many small Caribbean islands … continue     A hands-on first communion Fourth- and fifth-graders at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, …

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Portico Annual Enrollment

During Annual Enrollment each year, Portico asks you to consider your ELCA benefits and what you’ll need to live well in the coming year. Because we don’t want anyone to miss important opportunities, we require every sponsored plan member to review and elect 2018 benefits. Get Ready: Sept. 11 – Oct. 29 Use this time …

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